I have been on land while my guys fished the last two days.
Fishing went from pretty good to terrible real fast.
We are shutting down for a few days to regroup.
The good news is a commercial buddy ran into a very big school of fish not that far offshore.
Hopefully they are headed our way as this is the slowest start to a season we have ever seen.
The last two trips have been decent with lots of troll fish and opportunities for bait fish, with both days being in the mid to low 20's fish counts.
The high winds have not made it easy to get them going on bait.
As soon as we can get our charter license processed (2-3 weeks) we will be adding the Double Down to the fleet.
Double Down is a SNB's slightly smaller sister.
She has a big cockpit, big fix boxes, and quiet and smoke free Cummins motors that give her a cruise speed around 25 knots.
Tuna finally showed up in good enough numbers for us to run.
We ran 60 miles SW on a flat ocean.
We got out to a spot that had produced good numbers the two previous days and started trolling.
After a few hours we got a quad on the troll, but they would not touch the bait or iron.
5 or so hours later we got another quad and one on iron and that was it for the day.
Unfortunately the boats around us did worse and the two charters that went on 7/20 got 1 fish for 20 rods. Ouch.
We are sitting it out for a few days.
The good news is that I talked to a buddy who has been on the fish for 10 days and he has followed them north from the border and is almost west of Ilwaco.
There is a huge mass of tuna headed our way and they should be within our range in 4-7 days.
Clark fought a long, hard battle with depression and finally succumbed to his demons and took his own life on July 4th.
We will never find a better captain, friend, or human being.
Team Shake N Bake is like family, so we lost a family member.
We are going to drown our sorrows with saltwater as that is what Clark would have wanted as the ocean was the one place he was always happy.
When we have had some time for the wounds to heal up a little bit we will announce the when and wear for Clark's celebration of life and I am pretty sure it will involve saltwater and boats.
We ran right back where we had good luck a few days ago.
We marked LOTS of fish and bait, but they would not bite.
Right around the tide change the bite came on for 45 minutes and we got 4 fat chinook and then it died.
At it again in a few days.
Today was the chinook opener and we were a little nervous that it might suck.
It started out slow because we were in the wrong spot, but thanks to help from some buddies we ran north and we were in them right away.
We got our limits pretty quickly.
Great ocean, great crew, and great fishing.
Chinook fishing should only get better from here.
We ran down to Cannon Beach early today and fished 150 FOW around 5 miles south of the lighthouse.
The ling cod bite was unreal.
Lots of doubles and triples.
We probably landed 60 in 2 hours and could have landed 100 if we did not move to get away from them.
The bottom fishing was slow plus there are a lot of no no fish that you have to throw back right now, so we only ended with 12 or so bottom fish.
I have been told that bottom fishing is a little slow due to the big balls of krill we were seeing on the sonar.
The ride home was like driving through a 15 knot car wash, but not too bumpy.
It was a little bit windy and there was a huge exchange, so we slept in and left at 11:00.
We ran down to Cannon Beach and got into the ling cod right away.
The bite would go on and off throughout the day- we ended up with around 40 fish kept limits of the bigger lincod and a few bottom fish.
Clark and I are at it again soon for chinook fishing.
Captain Clark and crew ran back to the honey hole and picked up limits of halibut plus assorted rockfish.
The best news is that Clark said the water was blue and warm- only a few more weeks until tuna.